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October 2018 Favorites

October is easily one of my favorite months of the year. So I'm very excited to share my favorite items from this past month. Here we go!

1. Little Women - Rifle Paper Co. edition: We took a trip to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA this month to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary (we got married at Fruitlands!). I always make a point to pick up a little keepsake when we make the trip out there. The week we visited was the same week that Emma Watson was in town filming Little Women (eek!) so of course this made the perfect souvenir! And on top of all that, the cover is designed by Rifle Paper!


2. Halloween sewing: After about 8 different costume ideas, Amaia finally decided on being Dani Dennison from Hocus Pocus. I sewed together a skirt, shirt, and hat along with a crocheted scarf. All in all it took about one weekend to make, but it was SO fun to put together.


3. Fall zippers & fabric: I've shared these prints on Instagram quite a bit, but I absolutely love these new fall colors. I normally work with much lighter and brighter prints, so I am loving this new change in my work. Be sure to check out my Instagram account for more inspiration.




4. Patagonia sweatshirt: This organic cotton sweatshirt is everything. Seriously. I've been in the market for a Patagonia jacket for ages, but I spotted this one on a recent trip to Maine and it was the perfect fit. It is a bit pricey, but completely worth the investment. I swear I've been wearing it every day since. Perfect for fall weather!

photo credit: patagonia.com 

5. Reusable produce bags: Our town recently banned all single-use plastic bags at stores. They do still offer plastic produce bags, but I've recommitted to using my reusable produce bags every time I shop.  I'm not perfect, but I try to keep them with my larger reusable shopping bags for an easy reminder.  Go ahead and sew up some for yourself or grab some from my Etsy shop!



6. Rohm portable noise machine: Growing up I always needed some sort of white noise to help me sleep. That usually came in the form of a fan. That is until now, when I recently discovered this sound machine. The kids and I sleep so much better when this machine is running. It's portable too so I can attach it to the stroller when we head out on our morning walks. The best part, it helps cover up the humming noise of my sewing machine! Because I do most of my sewing during nap time, having a noise machine run while I'm working has been a tremendous help.

photo credit: marpac.com

7. Hot & cold pack: A few years ago a made hot & cold packs for everyone in my family. In fact, I even contemplated making an Etsy shop selling them! They are my go to remedy for just about everything: headache, sinus problems, muscle pain, cramps, etc. I fill them with rice, whole flax seed, and dried lavender. It always does the trick! And in colder months, I love to heat it up and throw under the covers to keep nice and warm while sleeping!

8. IKEA Variera bins & ziplock bags for sorting projects: Holiday season can get quite hectic for makers. So I shopped around my house and created a new organization system for my on-going projects. These simple ikea bins allow me to sort things into ready to cut, ready to sew, and ready to trim piles. I also use old zip-lock bags for storing my work safely. With two little kids running around, this step is super important. I don't love using plastic bags (see above) but I've been reusing these bags for the past four years, and they have many years of use ahead of them! I've had the bins on hand for a few years as well, so it was nice to have a no-spend organization solution.  
photo credit: ikea.com

As always, none of this is sponsored. Just sharing my honest opinion of items I love using in my sewing and mom life & routines. Thanks for following along! 

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